Tips on Paris

Apr 23rd, 1998, 03:59 PM
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My most important tip to those who do not speak french, remember the French are big on S'il vous plait (Please) and Merci (thank you) And rightfully so. Many of my clients know that I travel to Paris often, and some (usually the very rude ones) are fond of telling me how "rude the French are" I would love to tell them to look in the mirror, unfortunately....... However, even if you try just a little with your phrase book and show them you appreciate thier time, you will find that there are a lot of wonderful people out there. Paris is an amazing place, get a good map and don't be afraid to wander. Just stay alert, especially on the metro.

For the person looking for the good deals: There is a book called Paris Pas Chere, it is all in French but it tells you where you can find just about anything at below thier normal retail. Most newspaper stands have them. Remember they are in French only. Happy travels
Apr 24th, 1998, 01:07 AM
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I will be in Paris in May and I only have 3 days to spend there. I am grateful for even that short time. Since it is my first time, I hope to see as much as I can. Any suggestions on a cook's tour? I am also interested in finding out how to get from the CDG airport to the Latin Quarter area the most efficient way. Thanks for your help.
Apr 24th, 1998, 05:15 PM
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I travel to Paris monthly on business and have found a nice hotel for about $210per night incl VAT named the Hotel Atala on Rue Chateaubriand. This is one-block off the Champs Elysee. Asked for the 8th floor with a view of the Eiffel Tower.

Try the restaurant Androute on Rue Aresene Houssaye about 3 blocks from the hotel on the same side of the Champs Elysee. The fare is heavily laden with homemade cheeses and has a decent wine list. You will need a reservation.

Everything is within minutes by underground and within 30mins by walking which I strongly recommend.

Apr 29th, 1998, 10:59 AM
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A few comments and dittos...You may want to do a quick overview of the city via a bus tour: CityRama and ParisVIsion have tours that leave from Rivoli St near Louvre. Do plan on mostly walking, it is the best way to see Paris. Walk from the LOuvre pyramid, up the tuileries gardens, take in Place de la concorde (guillotine here during revolution), walk up the Champs Elysee, take the tunnel (don't try crossing the street!) to the Arc de triomphe, up to the top of it for a great view. From there head back and see Ritz/Place Vendome,Rue Faubourg St Honore (fashion street), Opera Garnier, stop in at Angelina's on Rivoli for grand desserts and a hot chocolate to die for. Also visit Place ROyale, Place des Voges,Sacre Coeur (views) Jardin de Luxembourg, Arena de Lutece (Roman amphitheater), Cluny Museum (ancient roman baths), Marmottan museum (old house, Great Impressionist paintings), Orsay Museum (nice old train station, pre/modern art). St Louis Island, Notre Dame, and Ste Chapelle (stained glass) are close together and must sees. The Marais is now nice reconditioned area with restaurants, old mansions, try to walk through Village St Pierre..nice area, small narrow streets.
Of course, walking along the Seine, both up top and down below is a must. A Bateaux Mouche or Vedettes du Pont Neuf are two companies offering boat's worth it, especially at night. For the Eiffel Tower, try approaching it from across the river, via Trocadero. Great views on the approach. If you can, go to a music recital in Ste Chapelle, or one of the old churches in the city...these are common, and a nice way to spend an evening.

A few tips: credit cards are widely accepted, but do bring travellers cheques and cash them at a bank, not a Bureau de Change, better rate. There ia an Amex near Place St Michel, and a Thomas Cook on rue rivoli. Restaurants/Shops/Museums/ do not take american dollars. People eat late in Paris: usually 8 or later. The polite thing to do on entering a restaurant/shop is to say a Bonjour/Bonsoir to the waiter/owner, and an Au revoir/Bonsoir on the way out. Cafes are a lifestyle, so do try them out. Prices may seem high, but it is worth it to get the feel of city life. I found that breakfast at a cafe (`40F), lunch of a baguette with ham/cheese (available everywhere), and a splurge on dinner made for a pretty fine day. Even though the tap water is fine, you will find that a lot of people drink spring water, even with dinner. There is an English book store on rivoli st., near place concorde. There are two magazibes that list paris events/restaurants...calles Pariscope and Officiel des and maybe both have an english section. Buy the Michelin Blue map of paris...great guide. The subway is everywhere and cheap...I usually buy a 'carnet' , which is 10 tickets, for about 40F. I never felt unsafe walking anywhere in downtown area. Fodor is recommended for walking tours. The Michelin Red guide, and Gault Mileau are both good for restaurants. Couple of recommended restaurants: Reine Blanche (St Louis Island), Chez Rene (St Germain st.), Au Petit Gamin(Vieux Temple st), Chez Henri/ Montebello / Rotisserie du Beaujolais / Moisonnerie (all left bank ,near Seine and Notre Dame, last 4 are along Seine river, with views of Notre Dame, some with outdoor patios). Even though some people will disagree, I prefer not to wear jeans, shorts, baseball caps...people in paris do tend to dress a little less casual. Best advice: take your time, enjoy, and you will find out why Paris is the queen of cities. Bon voyage!
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